Flooding is an overflowing of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods can happen during heavy rains, when ocean waves come on shore, when snow melts too fast, or when dams or levees break. Flooding may happen with only a few inches of water, or it may cover a house to the rooftop. They can occur quickly or over a long period and may last days, weeks, or longer. Floods are the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters.
We want you to stay safe from all of these flood threats! Here’s some resources brought to you by Risk Reduction Plus to help you become knowledgeable and prepared prior to any flood threat in your area:
Definitions & Advisories
The National Weather Service issues a variety of advisories for flood conditions. Long before a flood threat arrives, you should become familiar with the different types of floods and how the National Weather Service issues different types of advisories, watches, and warnings for them.
Preparing for a Hurricane is important, as is preparing for the possibility of storm surges. If you live in any state that touches the Atlantic or Gulf of Mexico coasts or Hawaii, it is important that you have a Hurricane Action Plan at the start of every season. The Atlantic and Central Pacific Hurricane seasons begin on June 1 and last through to the end of November. While recent hurricanes like Maria, Harvey, Sandy, and Katrina have created catastrophic floods for parts of the countries, much weaker storms like Tropical Storms and Tropical Depressions have also been known to leave a devastating punch. Make sure you are prepared for any flood threat that may arrive in any hurricane season –even in areas far inland!
Beyond threats from coastal storms and tropical cyclones, natural variations in the tides can also create coastal flooding. When lunar conditions are just right, destructive King Tides can also form. Be aware of this threat, especially if you’re in an area prone to coastal flooding and a full moon is approaching.
When the sky looks threatening, check out the latest RADAR from Weatherboy. RADAR scans the air above the ground for moisture and shows you not only the intensity of the precipitation, but how it’s moving into your area. By keeping an eye on the weather RADAR, you’ll be able to understand when rain could begin or stop in your area.
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